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Lucas Moripe Stadium
15/01/2011 18:00

Rudolf Bester of Maritzburg United battles with Method Mwanjali of Mamelodi Sundowns

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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Maritzburg United 3-0

Posted: 15 January 2011 Time: 20:06

Mamelodi Sundowns retained their place at the top of the Premiership table with a 3-0 win over Maritzburg United at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium on Saturday evening.

Franklin Cale and Matthew Pattison made it 2-0, before Katlego Mphela converted a penalty for the third.

From the whistle, Sundowns employed a disciplined and highly tactical approach, rather than their usual flash and skill, but seemed to run out of ideas on entering their opponent’s danger area.

Lebohang Mokoena and Franklin Cale on the flanks launched their attacks, while Esrom Nyandoro and Matthew Pattison made sure that the Team of Choice were not given enough space to play in midfield.

Sundowns threatened as early as the second minute, but after being set up by Katlego Mphela, Mabhuti Khenyeza directed his shot wide.

Maritzburg United also tried to put some moves together, trying to get that important opener but in the eighth and 11th minutes Diyo Sibisi was caught offside.

Despite enjoying a lot of possession in the first 15 minutes, Diyo Sibisi and Rudolph Bester failed to click as a unit and the supply from their midfield was often wasted.

Mokoena could only watch in disbelief after his volley flew over the bar in the 22nd minute.

A minute later he cleverly back-heeled a long ball from Cale to Mphela, but the Bafana Bafana’s striker’s goal-bound shot was deflected for a corner.

Sundowns looked like the first bet to score, but what followed was schoolboy errors and impatience in front of goal, and the score was 0-0 at half time.

In the second half, the Brazilians ran circles around their opponents, and in the 48th minute Shu-Aib Walters blocked a close range shot by Pattison to concede a corner before denying Esrom Nyandoro two minutes later.

Downs’ efforts were finally rewarded after Cale turned Elias Ngwepe upside down before unleashing a right footed bullet in the 52nd minute.

Pattison made it 2-0 in the 60th minute after being set up by Cale.

After the second goal, Sundowns surged forward, and were awarded a penalty after United Mor Diouf hand-balled while trying to block Khenyeza’s goal bound shot. Mphela sent Walters the wrong way to put the game beyond Maritzburg United’s reach.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:11 pm
Shapa Sundowns Shapa
21 Guns Salute
posted: 08:17 pm
To all the cabbage idiot's village you can beat us one million times but will keep on marching till the end of the league. Come to domkop at the end of the season you will see what Im talking about!!!
21 Guns Salute
posted: 08:18 pm
end of league = end of season
Anonymous
posted: 08:29 pm
Good results indeed , i wish my team can beat the so called smaller the way Sunrise do. There is stil a long way 2 go but anyway congratulations 2 Sundowns and hope Rats win as well 2 keep the leage interesting. As Amakhosi I hope they lent 1 or 2 things from ysterday loss. 4lyf
Anonymous
posted: 08:45 pm
WE DN'T LOOSE ANY SLEEP BCZ OF CHIEFS MUNGOMENI DECLARED. WE DN'T CARE ABT AJAX,CHIEFS OR AJAX FRANKLIN CALE HAS JÜST SAID. SUPER PERF BY THE CHAMPS ELECT ONLY MPHELA PLAYED POORLY & HIS MIND IS IN EUROPE. FRANKLIN CALE FINALLY JUSTIFIES 5MILLION COST!
Sweyts',)
posted: 08:46 pm
'KandiSky is the limit'! lol!

Ha'bus still as useless as ever anyway! We need that balance from the back four onwards and give us our Peri peri Dominguez your sssht! nx.

Ok, we can now laugh at Fafee and Chips! lol! I said it on Friday, 3 is the number ku m'china wa this weekend, sibambe i-jackpot ka-China Guluva! Heee! Hee! Heee!

Hola Game we Dawana, good to hear from you pal.
Anonymous
posted: 09:00 pm
Congratulations Sundowns. Well played. You deserved the 3 points. Chiefs should consider following Downs strategy and buy 3 regular players from each of all the so called small clubs and "loan" them to those clubs but then not allow those regular players to play against Chiefs (oh ... no, it won't work with Chiefs because "we don't have money". But the plan works.
Anonymous
posted: 09:01 pm
You are real football fan taking it from your coment.all 3 points for downs thats how they do it this season they take all 3 point or they get nothing.all or nothing
Anonymous
posted: 09:29 pm
sundowns r not da only team 2 beat in order 2 win da leageu u cn ask bay united. Chiefs plz pull up ur socks in 2 catch u 2 da brasilians
Tshwane Derby
posted: 09:41 pm
After back to back defeats, I'm pleased by the 3 points we collected tonight. Ka Bo-yellow to Choorkop
Tshwane Derby
posted: 09:52 pm
Where is Pelembe guy?
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 pm
it wz pay bck tym. I lyk da w win 2day great perfomance keep it up guyz, niziyeke zonke ezicabbage zileqe emva kwe2
Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
Those who are hating,get used to it..
tk.
posted: 10:42 pm
i'll take the 3 points, but as for habas... i dont think he is sundowns material. finally cale shows us hwat made us buy him. while other teams r only aiming to beat sundowns and pirates, we on the other hand r collecting 3 points or nothing else.
kabo yelo
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Tshepi, Pelembe is around.the coach want wingers that can also score goals..as you know Pelembe doesn't like scoring goals somehow..maybe he will change his mind and start playing to score also.
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 pm
I have a question for those who say Habas is not Sundowns material. Which coach is Sundowns material?
tk.
posted: 10:49 pm
Hardrow : 2011-01-15 22:46 [ Report ]
one Stoichkov comes to mind.
Anonymous
posted: 10:54 pm
tk,how many games do you want to play without a coach? habas has done well so far,I think we should give him credit.. And Stoichkov left us@tk,he decided to leave...
Anonymous
posted: 10:54 pm
congrats Sundowns,hard luck Khosi
Anonymous
posted: 11:12 pm
Well done boys! Thats a championship perfomance 3 goals 3 points what more can we ask for?
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